Student experience

Criminology - the learning experience

Modules are delivered in a variety of ways and settings to accommodate different learning styles. You will undertake different modes of assessment, including formative assessment, and the use of technology will enhance engagement with your course.

You'll have the opportunity to become involved in activities relevant to future employment, such as HMP Grendon and Prison Link.

Strategies are in place to identify any learning problems, so that staff are able to refer students to appropriate support teams and facilities. Diversity issues are addressed throughout the curriculum.

We have a close working relationship with high-security prison HMP Grendon, in Buckinghamshire, and take part in a unique annual debate there, which will give you an exceptional insight into how criminological theory and practice combine, and have lunch with the prisoners.

You will benefit from the well-established links we enjoy with external practitioners, many of whom have contributed to modules, and your tutors will relate these inputs to wider academic debates.

Guest lecturers

The Department of Criminology welcomes regular guest lecturers, which in the past has included such experts as:

Sir Peter Lloyd, former MP and trustee of the New Bridge Foundation

Investigative journalist Donal McIntyre

Award-winning broadcaster Professor Jon Silverman

Ex-offenders such as Noel “Razor” Smith and Norman Parker

Current serving prison governors and police officers

Professor Michael Brookes, director of Therapeutic Communities at HMP Grendon, as a visiting professor.